icitizen Poll: Dean takes early lead in Tennessee gubernatorial race
Also: healthcare top-of-mind for Tennessee voters heading into the 2018 elections.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2017) – According to the results of a recent icitizen poll of 400-plus voting age Tennesseans, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has emerged as a frontrunner in the 2018 race to replace Gov. Bill Haslam. With 28 percent of the vote, Dean leads runner-up Rep. Diane Black by eleven points.
Healthcare sits squarely atop the list of issues concerning Tennessee voters, with 35 percent of respondents calling it “the most important issue facing the state today.” Jobs and Economy ranked second at 18 percent. Nearly 80 percent of respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the steps that state legislators are taking to improve access to healthcare, the highest concentration of concerns coming from young women and respondents from West Tennessee.
“We expect healthcare access to be a chief issue in the upcoming state level elections, and we will continue to read the pulse of Tennessee voters as next November approaches,” said Joel Lee, interim CEO of icitizen. “Currently, 92 percent of our Tennessee users say it’s “important” that health insurance be affordable for all Americans.”
icitizen uses mobile and digital technology to conveniently collect data on important voter issues. Users are politically active and represent communities around the U.S. All icitizen results are weighted against U.S. Census demographic data for balanced and representative results.
Other interesting findings:
- Uncorking Capitol Hill. The undetermined Democratic candidate has unseated Sen. Bob Corker in the poll by a margin of nearly 20 percent. Seven in 10 respondents expressed unfavorable views of Corker.
- Youthful Economy. Although 57 percent of respondents labeled the Tennessee economy as “excellent” or “good,” the financial state of the state received particularly high marks from Millennials. Almost three quarters of the young demographic expressed positive views toward the state’s fiscal standing.
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This survey was conducted online from August 31 - September 14, 2017 among 417 registered icitizen users in Tennessee, utilizing a non-probability sample from an opt-in convenience panel. The data were weighted to U.S. Census benchmarks for gender, age, race, education, region, and national benchmarks for party identification in the state. The margin of error for the full sample is 4.8 percentage points, and is higher for subgroups.
For more information about this poll or other icitizen polls, contact Cole Miracle at MP&F Public Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 259-4000.
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icitizen is based in Nashville, Tenn., and was featured as a 2016 IDC Innovator for Political Engagement Technology, and was named one of the top 10 civic engagement platforms by Government CIO magazine in 2017. For more information, visit icitizen.com.